Police: fatal Rotterdam shooting justified, Bill Clinton reportedly headed to Albany, poll shows 55% approval for Cuomo

Rotterdam shooting update
At a news conference on Wednesday, police said the fatal shooting of a man in a Rotterdam home this weekend by a police officer was justified. Investigators say the shots were fired in self defense after an attempt at tasering the emotionally disturbed man failed and he lunged and police with a knife. [Gazette][WNYT][TU]

Bill Clinton
Several news outlets are reporting that Bill Clinton will be in Albany this weekend to stump for Hillary Clinton. [TWCN][Gazette]

Trump
Donald Trump told the Times Unionhe'll be the first Republican presidential candidate since Reagan to win New York.[TU+]


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Poll: 55% approval rating for Cuomo
A TWCN/Baruch College poll shows fifty-five percent of New Yorker's polled approve of the job Governor Cuomo is doing while 28 percent disapprove and 13 percent are not sure. [TWCN]

MMA
Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign legislation today that will legalize Mixed Martial Arts fighting in New York. [TU]

Casino sign approved
Schenectady's planning commission has approved a new signage plan for the Rivers Casino project, which does not include the previously submitted 80 foot pylon sign. [Gazette]

Mohawk Harbor buildings approved
The Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority has approved two buildings-- a three-story office and retail building -- for Mohawk Harbor that will require the developer to make a payment in lieu of that will be determined after the buildings are completed and assessed.[Gazette]

"It's like trying to believe a kitten has killed a rhino"
Chris Churchill questions Hillary Clinton's claims that the state that has the highest per capita number of guns that end up involved in crimes in New York, is Vermont. [TU+]

Coercion or retribution
Was the 17-year-old charged in a fatal shooting in 2015 coerced to pull the trigger, or was it a crime of retribution? [TU]

Arguing spouses and $80,000
A man who was arguing with his wife brought nearly $80,000 in cash in a bag to the Albany County Department of Social Services this week, claiming she fraudulently collected the money in welfare benefits. [TU]

Saratoga school budget
The Saratoga Springs school board has adopted a $118.4 million budget for 2016-2017,1.1 percent higher than last fiscal year. [Saratogian]

Schenectady school budget
Schenectady's school board will send a $203 million budget to the voters next month, which increases spending by 4% and decreases taxes slightly. [Daily Gazette]

Bullying
A South Glens Falls couple whose son took his own life is suing the South Glens Falls school district for not doing enough to stop the bullying that, they believe, led there son to kill himself. [WNYT]

Capital Region war hero has died
Colonel John Edwards, a Capital Region war hero who flew in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, died this week. [WNYT]

Today's chip fact
A recently released research firm report shows Global Foundries is the second largest chip foundry in the world. [Gazette]

Happening today

Downtown Albany Restaurant Week

Thursday-Friday: Restaurant week continues in downtown Albany. Seventeen restaurants will be offering three-course meals for $20.16. It continues through Friday night.

The Lion King

Thursday-Sunday: A touring production of The Lion King continues its month-long run at Proctors. It is, of course, the hugely-popular musical based on the Disney movie. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up


The Music of Salvatore Sciarrino at EMPAC
"Often touching upon Italian medieval and Renaissance culture as an inspiration, Sciarrino distills the sounds he uses in his compositions down to their essence to create music that exists outside of the noise of daily modern life." 7:30 pm -- $18

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